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Secretary Napolitano Highlights DHS’ Major Accomplishments In 2009 

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today highlighted the Department’s 2009 accomplishments in an address to employees—emphasizing the major steps the Department has taken this year to enhance America’s capabilities to guard against terrorism; secure the nation’s borders; engage in smart and enforcement of our immigration laws; prepare for, respond to and recover from disasters; and unify and mature the Department and its 230,000-employee global workforce. more

Oklahoma Eligible to Apply for Fiscal Year 2010 Homeland Security Funding

The United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released today the Fiscal Year 2010 Preparedness Grant Programs for which the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) is eligible to apply. Read More

FEMA Highlights Holiday Gifts That Increase Preparedness  

This year Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has assembled a list of gift ideas for the holidays to help keep your family and friends prepared. Emergencies can happen at any moment; these gifts can serve as a great starting point to ensure that your friends and family have an emergency communications plan, a disaster supply kit, and stay informed about emergencies in their area. more

Planning for Pandemics, Climatic Disasters and Terrorism Seminar to be held in Tulsa on December 10, 2009

The Environmental Federation Of Oklahoma, The Oklahoma Secretary Of The Environment And The Oklahoma Office Of Homeland Security
will present a seminar entitled “Environmental Business Planning For Pandemics, Climatic Disasters And Terrorism” at OSU-Tulsa on December 10th. Click here for details on how to register.

 Secretary Napolitano Promotes Holiday Travel Tips For Safety, Security And Health

Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today was joined by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Dr. Anne Schuchat and Transportation Security Administration (TSA) Acting Administrator Gale Rossides to promote holiday travel tips and highlight the simple steps travelers can take to prevent the spread of the flu.  more

Tuesday is Winter Weather Preparedness Day
Oklahomans urged to get ready in advance of snow and ice

Soon temperatures will make their way toward freezing, accompanied by the opportunity for snow and ice - making this a good time for Oklahomans to become winter weather prepared.  Toward that effort, Gov. Brad Henry has proclaimed Tuesday, November 10 as Winter Weather Preparedness Day.  more

Ready Oklahoma and Radio Disney Rock the Tulsa Zoo for National Preparedness Month 

Ready Oklahoma and Radio Disney are giving Tulsa families the opportunity to “rock out” while getting prepared for emergencies this Saturday, Sept. 19th, at the Zoo’s Annual Enrichment Day. The event is in support of National Preparedness Month; part of the Ready Oklahoma campaign to encourage emergency preparedness sponsored by the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS). This is the second year that OKOHS has teamed up with Tulsa’s own Radio Disney to promote family preparedness planning in the state. more


Oklahoma City’s Dunbar Elementary “Rocks” National Preparedness Month with Ready Oklahoma, Radio Disney and Rumble

The students at Dunbar Elementary School in Oklahoma City will host Oklahoma City Thunder mascot Rumble and Radio Disney at a special National Preparedness Month assembly on Friday, September 19, 2009 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. more


Ready Oklahoma and Radio Disney Are Ready to “Rock Out”  Preparedness at SeptemberFest

The Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) and Radio Disney are gearing up to promote family preparedness planning at the annual Septemberfest at the Governor’s Mansion on September 12, 2009.  Governor Henry proclaimed September National Preparedness Month across Oklahoma and is encouraging families to be proactive this month by getting ready. more


National Preparedness Month Calendar of Events

OKOHS is hosting numerous National Preparedness Month events around the state during the month of September. Click here to view the Calendar of Events!

Families and Children Encouraged to Get Ready for Emergencies By Taking Three Simple Steps 

September is National Preparedness Month in Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) encourages families and children to get ready now for any type of emergency. more

Secretary Napolitano Announces 60-day Review of Homeland Security Advisory System 

WASHINGTON—Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano today announced the formation of a task force to conduct a 60-day review of the Homeland Security Advisory System (HSAS). The mission of the task force is to assess the effectiveness of the system in informing the public about terrorist threats and communicating protective measures within government and throughout the private sector.  more

Secretary Janet Napolitano Outlines the Department’s Five Responsibilities

"When President-elect Obama nominated me to become our country’s third Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, I was warned that the vast Department was too cumbersome to lead; that the 225,000-strong workforce was too big to manage; that the 22 agencies with 22 corresponding missions that were brought together in 2003 were too disparate to meld into a coherent structure with a clear vision..." Read Entire Statement

DHS Announces Guidance for more than $500 million in Preparedness Grants under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) today released application guidance for more than $500 million in Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) preparedness grants for fire station construction, port and transit security—funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). more

New H1N1 Influenza Cases Announced

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) today reported six new confirmed cases of the novel influenza A (H1N1). This brings to 20 the number of confirmed cases in Oklahoma.  more

OSDH Public Health Laboratory Confirms Additional Cases of Novel H1N1 Influenza

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) today reported 10 new confirmed cases of the novel influenza A (H1N1). This brings to 14 the number of confirmed cases in Oklahoma.  more  

H1N1 Influenza (Swine Flu) Confirmed in Oklahoma County

The Oklahoma City-County Health Department Interim Director Robert Jamison announced today that a case of 2009 H1N1 Influenza (swine flu) virus has been confirmed in Oklahoma County in a child in the Deer Creek Schools.  more

Oklahomans Urged to Be on Watch for Swine Flu

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) is urging Oklahomans to be on alert for an unusual strain of swine influenza that has been confirmed in numerous states and several countries.  While as yet no cases have been confirmed in Oklahoma, neighboring states of Kansas and Texas have both reported cases and Oklahoma’s health officials believe increased surveillance will likely lead to confirmed cases in the state.  more

U.S. Health and Human Services (HHS) Declares Public Health Emergency for Swine Flu

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a nationwide public health emergency declaration Sunday in response to recent human infections with a newly discovered swine influenza A (swine flu) virus.  The declaration will help HHS prepare for prevention and mitigation activities by enabling Food and Drug Administration (FDA) emergency use authorizations of drugs, devices, or medical tests under certain circumstances.  more

Swine Flu Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Updated 4/26/2009  more

Application Period to Open: Fiscal Year 2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grant

The Department of Homeland Security has posted the FY2009 Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program Guidance on the AFG Website. The application period is scheduled to begin on Wednesday, April 15, 2009, at 8:00 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Applications for these grants must be received by Wednesday, May 20, 2009, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). more

Statement By U.S. Department Of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano On The Threat Of Right-Wing Extremism

The primary mission of this department is to prevent terrorist attacks on our nation. The document on right-wing extremism sent last week by this department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis is one in an ongoing series of assessments to provide situational awareness to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on the phenomenon and trends of violent radicalization in the United States. I was briefed on the general topic, which is one that struck a nerve as someone personally involved in the Timothy McVeigh prosecution. more

Governor Announces Kickoff of McReady 
This is sixth year for statewide severe weather preparedness campaign

Gov. Brad Henry today announced the kickoff of the McReady statewide severe weather preparedness campaign – a public-private partnership designed to prepare families and communities for emergencies and to increase awareness of severe weather threats. more

Homeland Security Office awards $250,000 in School Security Grants

Ten public school districts from across the state have each been awarded a $25,000 grant from the Oklahoma Office of Homeland Security (OKOHS) to help improve security measures at schools in their district. This is the second grant program through OKOHS to provide U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding to secondary schools. more